Christchurch Women's Prison

Christchurch Women's Prison is near Templeton on the western outskirts of Christchurch.

The prison suffered no major damage from the February 2011 earthquake and is operating as usual.

Contact details

Phone: (03) 345 6400

Postal address:
Private Bag 4702
Christchurch Mail Centre
Christchurch 8140

Physical address:
Newton Rd
Christchurch 8042

General information

Prisoner capacity: 134
Security classification: Minimum to high security women
Year established: 1974

Offender training

Activity Capacity Description
Horticulture and Nursery 10 The commercial nursery operation produces seedlings to support the Christchurch Men’s Gardens and to external clients under contract. Prisoners employed in this activity undertake a range of production horticulture roles from preparing and planting, understanding and caring for plants, potting and transporting seedlings and production gardening. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Horticulture Level 2 and Level 3.

Offender employment

Activity Capacity Description
Kitchen 12 Kitchen prisoners are employed under supervision of Offender Employment Instructors to provide the prison population with three nutritional meals a day from a national menu. Prisoners also learn additional skills within the commercial catering environment and meal distribution. All areas of prison catering operate under an approved food safety programme. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Cookery Level 2 and 3.
Laundry 4 The laundry provides commercial laundry services to the Prison and contract work for external clients as required. Prisoner’s process, clean, dry press, and distribute laundry products. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Laundry Washroom Procedures Level 1.
Asset
Maintenance
10 Asset Maintenance work parties clean, maintain, and paint Corrections buildings and facilities. Prisoners wash down, prepare, and paint corrections buildings exterior and interior including working at heights. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Painting Level 3, transitioning to the National Certificate in Painting and Decorating Level 4 in June 2014.
Grounds
Maintenance
10 Grounds Maintenance work parties maintain and beautify Corrections land assets through cleaning, mowing, trimming, planting and maintaining gardens. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Horticulture Level 2 (and above).